as published in economically greenMay 24, 2010
Westinghouse Digital has released a series of LED HDTVs. These screens meet Energy Star 4.0 ratings, and use about as much power as a standard incandescent lightbulb. Westinghouse’s line includes eight different models, ranging in size from 24″ to 55″. The 42″ screen uses 80 watts; the 32″ models use less than 60, and the 26″ screen uses less than 45 watts. Westinghouse’s screens are between one and two inches thick.The company suggests that since these TVs are relatively light (the 42″ is “is feather-light at a mere 30 pounds!“), they produce a lower carbon footprint from transportation. In addition, Westinghouse points to their use of recycled shipping cartons with soy-based inks, and the fact that these televisions contain no mercury or lead. This smacks a bit of greenwashing (how necessary is a 42″ TV…?) but if you do need to have a flatscreen, the power-saving is substantial: according to cnet, the average LED uses 100 watts, the average LCD uses 110, and the average plasma uses 300.